The Mechanical Turk
A neat contrivance of rods and cams
creates the illusion a hustler seeks.
His window dressing perfects the hoax –
the turban and robes a thespian’s flourish…
This season Mechanics is all the rage
in fairground shows and court, where
an empress cheats but can’t outsmart
some gadget’s lack of class.
It takes a certain kind of flair to plot
the chequered board. A wind-up toy
takes on the best in Europe’s brightest halls.
Its cunning leaps the gap between
what is thought and done.